Were there any other states besides Tennessee that prohibited the teaching of evolution in history?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Footnote 8 in the case of Epperson v. Arkansas, 393 U.S. 97 (1968) indicates that such statutes were enacted in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas, and reads in part as follows:
"The Tennessee law was repealed in 1967. Oklahoma enacted an anti-evolution law, but it was repealed in 1926. The Florida and Texas Legislatures, in the period between 1921 and 1929, adopted resolutions against teaching the doctrine of evolution. In all, during that period, bills to this effect were introduced in 20 States. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Gag on Teaching 8 (2d ed., 1937). "
The Arkansas statute was declared unconstitutional in Epperson v. Arkansas, 393 U.S. 97 (1968), and all similar statutes would be invalid from that point forward.
I also read that the Florida statute carried no penalties for its violation. The Tennesse statute carried only a monetary fine.
See also http://www.themonkeytrial.com for interesting information.
- icabodLv 71 decade ago
There are ongoing attempts by creationists to either prohibit teaching evolution or to added creationism to the curriculum. That's the same as adding astrology to compete with astronomy.
Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District(400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket no. 4cv2688) was a 2005 trial on this issue.
The Kansas School Board also considered adopting creationism into the schools. That lead to the demand of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for equal time.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitzmiller_v._Dover_A... http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10545387/ http://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter/